"What kind?" answered his wife Sybil. "What kind? They're Top Dollar. I think."
Carter is becoming a hit on the state-fair circuit and he had had to get up at 5 a.m. Saturday to fly back to Plains from Baton Rouge, where he had made a personal appearance. He arrived thirsty and when Evert offered to show him how to hit a two-handed backhand, Carter demurred. "How am I going to hold my beer?" he said.
Suffering from the heat and humidity that had them draping wet towels over their heads on the sidelines, the Soviets quickly fell behind when Evert and Kristien Shaw ran off a 6-3 victory over Morozova and Biryukova in the women's doubles. But the Soviets had decided to switch their strategy and use the youngster Chmyreva instead of Morozova to play Chris in the women's singles, and she took advantage of Evert's lack of sharpness to win and put her team back into the match.
In the men's doubles, Ross Case and Butch Walts scored an easy 6-3 victory over Metreveli and Kakulia. And when Case hustled his way to a 9-point tie breaker to win the men's singles 7-6 from Metreveli, it was all over for the Russians. The Shaw-Walts 6-4 decision in the mixed doubles brought about a 30-23 Phoenix triumph.
A footnote. Billy Carter and Evert teamed to beat Riggs and Tandy Rice, booking agent for Carter as well as Dolly Parton, in a day-ending doubles match. Then everyone retired to the barbecue at Miz Lillian's or to Carter's gas station, where it was hoped he would regale the audience.
True, if the day's proceedings were made into a movie, it would premiere at a drive-in as part of a triple feature, but despite the heavy load of hokum, it was, as Morozova said, "Good fun."